Liverpool’s loaned youngsters experience mixed League Cup fortunes

15 August 2018

A number of Liverpool youngsters were in League Cup action for their temporary clubs on Tuesday night, with some progressing and others bowing out.


The League Cup is always an opportunity for young players to showcase their talent, with managers often seeing it as a competition to rest key players.

That meant several Reds Academy products took to the field on Tuesday, as they attempt to impress during their respective spells away from Anfield.

Ben Woodburn started for Sheffield United at home to Hull City at Bramall Lane, with the Welshman scoring in the eventual penalty shootout.

Woodburn’s strike was in vain, however, as the Blade lost 5-4 on spot-kicks in the all-Championship clash.

It was his first start for United, having had to make do with cameo roles in their first three league games of the season.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was there to watch his good friend.

The Sheffield Star newspaper rated Woodburn 6 out of 10, commenting: “Showed a few glimpses of what he’s capable of but at other times, got crowded or muscled out by Hull defenders. Had a good one-on-one chance against Burke but seemed to run straight into him.”

Harry Wilson was named in Derby County’s starting lineup for their trip to Oldham Athletic, playing 67 minutes in a routine 2-0 win for Frank Lampard’s side.

Harry Wilson of Derby County during the Pre Season Friendly match at the Pride Park Stadium, (James Wilson/Sportimage via PA Images)

Woodburn’s fellow Wales teammate faces a key year in his development and should continue to be an important presence in the Rams’ promotion push.

Wilson’s performance was marked as a 7 in the Derby Telegraph, praising: “More involved than he was Saturday, and therefore more of a threat. Assist for first goal, good performance.”

Another who made it into the second round was midfielder Herbie Kane, who started for Doncaster Rovers as they prevailed 2-1 away to Scunthorpe United.

NUNEATON, ENGLAND - Sunday, July 30, 2017: Liverpool's Herbie Kane during a pre-season friendly between Liverpool and PSV Eindhoven at the Liberty Way Stadium. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

It has been a positive start to life at Doncaster for Kane, who impressed in their 3-0 victory over Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

Goalkeeper Shamal George had a disappointing night for Tranmere Rovers, however, with Walsall running away 3-1 winners at Prenton Park.

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